When I took my monthly progress pictures and measurements, I noted three things:
1. I'm bikini ready 50 days before I have to be for the Cayman Islands!
2. I'm super happy about the cellulite vanishing from my ass. Perhaps, this should be #1. I've always just accepted the fact that I would have cellulite---Nope, not any more! *Edit: I deleated the pictures demonstrating this on accident and will need to update them later*
3. The lifting-high compares to NOTHING, not even the runner's high!
4. Abs are made in the kitchen...for real!
5. I've finally (really) convinced myself that the scale is a shitty indicator of success.
Now to back up those points...
On the right is my 3 Month CrossFit Progress Picture. As a point of comparision, the other two photos are from December and May of last year when I was following various methods. The middle photo is my "before" CrossFit picture which was my "after" NROLFW picture. The far left is a picture of me last May at my lowest adult weight (4 lbs lighter than I am today), this is the one that proves the scale is a shitty indicator of success---look how squishy I was ("skinny fat" defined!)!!!
And now for the stats between CrossFit Day 1 and CrossFit Day 90:
Deadlift 95# 135# (+40)
Squat 95# 140# (+45)
Push Press 45# 105# (+60)
Hang Clean 20# (KB) 85# (+65)
Sled Push 70 105 (+35)
Weight & Inches (CrossFit Day 1 and CrossFit Day 90)
Weight 168 157 (-11 lbs*<-- as a reference I lost ZERO lbs in all of 2011!!!!)
Body Fat 22% 19% (-4%)
Pants Size 8 4 (- 4 sizes)
Right Leg 25.75 24.5 (-1.25)
Hip 41.0 36.75 (-1.25)
Waist 28.25 26.75 (-1.5)
Bust 32.75 32.75 (No change...yes!!!)
Right Arm 11.5 11.0 (-0.5)
Neck 12.0 11.75 (-0.25)
Wrist 5.75 5.75 (No change, but I have arm veins now!!!)
Total Inches Lost -4.75 inches*
A note on the weight and inches lost, I 100% believe the fact that I lost weight, dropped body fat, acquired arm veins, and have visible abs all of the time is attributed to my diet. CrossFit has increased my strength tremendously, but my diet is what has helped me look so trim! In all of 2011 when I was a running vegetarian and then a light lifting vegetarian, I lost ZERO pounds. NOT ONE! I actually gained about 15 lbs during the year. But as soon as I switched my diet I instantly felt better (amazing, really) and the pounds started falling off. A month later, I started CrossFit and those results just compounded! I can't wait to see what I look like in the Caymans with 50 more days of training and healthy eating...
Note, I have my body fat measured every month before working out using calipers. The actual percentage may not be 100% accurate, but I'm confident the trends are. Using online calculators, my body fat is generally lower--but I don't trust these methods as much.